Dramatic moment Hawaii's Kilauea volcano erupts from its summit and shoots an ash plume 30,000 feet into the sky - higher than the peak of MOUNT EVEREST - covering homes in the area | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Dramatic moment Hawaii's Kilauea volcano erupts from its summit and shoots an ash plume 30,000 feet into the sky - higher than the peak of MOUNT EVEREST - covering homes in the area

An explosive eruption from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has sent ash spewing 30,000 feet into the sky, with residents now being warned to shelter in place as the dusty plume engulfs the island.

The powerful, steam-driven explosion occurred at 4.17am on Thursday and started spewing large amounts of volcanic ash and smoke from Kilauea's crater on Hawaii's Big Island, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The National Weather Service also issued an ashfall advisory warning after radars showed the massive plume, which shot higher than the peak of Mount Everest.

The wind could carry the ash plume as far as Hilo, the Big Island's largest city and major tourism center, the County of Hawaii Civil Defense warned in an alert.

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